In December 2020, we were delighted to announce that we are working with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 on our new project Abundance, to uncover the hidden talent in Coventry and Warwickshire’s South Asian communities.

We began by launching a call-out for 10 individuals of South Asian heritage based in Coventry and Warwickshire (with a CV postcode). We wanted to hear from creatives of all kinds, at all stages of their career. From poets to costume makers, DJs to dancers, singers to outdoor artists, all were welcome to apply, whether they were already established, mid-career or just starting out.

Applications closed on Sunday 10 January 2021 and successful applicants were notified later that month. The successful applicants are due to form part of a network of artists to co-create the 2021 Carnival of Lights with communities in Coventry, and will receive a seed commission of £1000 to develop their idea, alongside an 8-10 week programme of workshops, mentoring and support.

Image: The Carnival of Lights procession near Foleshill Road, Coventry, by Ahsen Sayeed

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Whether you’re an artist working locally, or even if you’ve never thought of yourself as artistic and want a to try your hand at being creative, there are opportunities here for all.

“We know there is a groundswell of creative talent across our grassroots communities. We want to make ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of the city’s big year of culture to really show off their talents and creativity.

“The past 12 months has not been the year many of us had hoped for. The pandemic has hit all of us as individuals, families and communities very hard, here at home, across the UK and globally.

“But, as we look towards 2021 and reflect on the year we are leaving behind, we should also be proud of the resilience of our people, and see our UK City of Culture year as a time to come back together, build hope and kick start our recovery.”

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Top image: Rabiyah Latif.

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